Manqele expected to bring application to appeal conviction, sentence

She was sentenced to 12-years in prison for killing Flabba in March last year at his home in Alexandra.

FILE: Sindisiwe Manqele was sentenced to 12 years’ in prison for killing her boyfriend Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Sindisiwe Manqele is expected to bring an application for leave to appeal her conviction and sentence for the murder of her rapper boyfriend, Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge this morning.

Manqele was sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing Habedi in March last year at his home in Alexandra.

The 27-year-old has maintained, throughout the trial, that she was acting in self-defence.

Habedi's family and friends are expected to find out this morning whether Manqele will be given the chance to appeal against her murder conviction and 12-year jail sentence.

During the trial, acting judge Solly Sithole found Manqele had acted beyond the legal limits of self-defence and that she intentionally stabbed the musician.

Sithole also found that the former student's personal circumstances were strong enough to deviate from the minimum sentence of 15 years.

He said Manqele's attempt to save Habedi's life showed that she could come out of prison a new person.

This morning, Manqele's lawyers have to convince judge Sithole that another court could find Manqele not guilty of murdering Habedi.

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